Originally Posted By HUFFCHAD:
Solar power plant. Ground reflectors beam solar heat to collector ontop which boils fluid and runs a turbine. I talked to a guy the other day that works there.
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. 392 megawatts. And unlike the Amargosa project, which is using 20% of the area's water for cooling, they've gone with a "dry cooling" technique that reduces water consumption around 90%.
It's the only kind of solar that really works. Runs at night, no massive battery banks required. No stupid solar-voltaic panels. No 20-year lifespan. No constantly cleaning dust off panels. Requires a fraction of the land.